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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream.

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Fact-based story about a disturbed office furniture salesman who in 1972 concocted a plot to kill then-President Nixon by hi-jacking a plane to fly over the White House to drop a gas bomb. At the start of the movie, the man is separated from his wife and stressed in his job where he is made the butt of jokes and is an under-performer. Attempts to get his brother's old tire business resurrected with a black partner is rejected by the banks. When he is officially served with divorce papers, everything comes apart and Richard Nixon's broken promises comes to represent all the evils that have come down on him. A news story about a pilot that landed a helicopter on the White House lawn gives him the idea for his attack. Bolting onto a Baltimore plane, he attempts the hi-jacking. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language and a scene of graphic violence | See all certifications »

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22 October 2004 (Greece)  »

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The Assassination of L.B.J.  »

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Box Office

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$37,547 (USA) (31 December 2004)

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$697,759 (USA) (25 February 2005)
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Contrary to Sean Penn's slim and muscular build, the actual Sam Byck in real life was pudgy. See more »

Goofs

The main hero is taking horizontal elevator at 1:18. Such people-mover system was introduced to connect Harbour Island and downtown Tampa, Florida in 1985. People movers also were installed by Otis Elevator Company in Serfus, Austria, and Sun City, South Africa. In 1992 the company completed a similar 'horizontal elevator' in the new Tokyo international airport at Narita, Japan. So there were no such elevators back in 1974. See more »

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[first lines]
Samuel Bicke: Testing. Testing. Testing. One, two, three. Mr. Maestro, Leonard Bernstein, tape number one.
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Connections

Features Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »

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Little Blue Eyes
Written by Stuart A. Hart, Alexander Norris
Performed by Selectracks Studio Ensemble
Courtesy of Selectracks Music Services
Published by Seven Mile Lane Music (ASCAP) and Hatton Road Music (BMI)
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A Top Notch Film With Some Minor Flaws
26 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I had the chance to see The Assassination of Richard Nixon over at the Loews at the Boston Common today. It was a packed house and Sean Penn, Neil Mueller, and Alfonso Cuaron were there to talk afterwards. But I'm just going to talk about the movie.

Overall, I found the film to be quite intoxicating. Sean Penn becomes Sam Bicke and the character is so interesting that I was left with his thoughts as I walked out of the theater. Especially in today's society, Nixon is an important film. It is about not letting the man get you down and it is about not electing into political positions when they are just going to lie and treat us terribly.

People will compare Nixon to Taxi Driver. And I understand this comparison. However, Taxi had much better pacing and much more violence. The performances here are just as compelling and the 70s look of the film is absolutely perfect.

There could be a few script tweakings, but some people won't be bothered by those little dialogue issues.

3 3/4 out of 5


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